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Composer: Shchedrin, Rodion Konstantinovich (b. 1932)

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Year of birth1932
NationalityRussia
PeriodContemporary
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Hakhnazaryan at Wigmore: a riotous jig with a touch of class

Narek Haknazaryan © Marco Borggreve
Hakhnazaryan’s programme was rich with meaty music.
*****
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Renaud Capuçon finds the tragedy in Shostakovich

Renaud Capuçon © Mat Hennek
The UK première of Shchedrin's Dialogues with Shostakovich was followed by powerful Shostakovich. 
****1
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Tolstoy speed read: Ratmansky’s Anna Karenina

Diana Vishneva (Anna Karenina) © Alex Gouliaev
How does one condense a Tolstoy epic for the stage? In Anna Karenina, choreographer Alexei Ratmansky focuses on the three central characters, filleting the novel to its bare essentials. 
***11
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Intoxicating, mystic, sacred, profane

Sergei Aleksashkin (Ivan) © Natasha Razina | State Academic Mariinsky Theatre
Rodion Shchedrin's opera mixes singing, choreography and storytelling to lend a potent sacred and mystic overlay to Nikolai Leskov's folk tale.
*****
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Ratmansky's Little Humpbacked Horse

Ernest Latypov as Ivan the Fool in Alexei Ratmansky's The Little Humpbacked Horse © Natasha Razina
Ratmansky's outrageously charming screwball comedy for the Mariinsky
*****
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